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Wed, Aug 28, 2019 9:32 PM

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Could we please have a separate "Colorist Department"

The role of Colorist and related jobs such as color timer, conforming, finishing, versioning, HDR etc. really need to be in their own category. It can be very hard to find who did the grading and finishing on a project, colorists are scattered between editorial, visual effects and maybe some other departments at the moment. Also listing Colorists in editorial is very misleading and confuses people about the responsibilities of the colorists and associates. For a good description of possible colorist duties see https://coloristsociety.com/role-of-the-colorist
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102 Points

a year ago

To match todays production reality: Colour Grading is a separate department. 

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156 Points

a year ago

Thank you, Kevin! I agree, it's time to settle this, because:
1- No, it doesn't come straight like this from the camera
2- It wasn't graded by the editor either
3- And now, the tasks are highly diversified...

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246 Points

We should print this out and frame :)

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156 Points

Thx, Margus! "Unity is strength!"

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228K Points

isabelle barrière, your second comment triggered spam filter. Not sure why, though. Fished it out. 

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100 Points

a year ago

yes, it is needed. 

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102 Points

a year ago

Makes total sense and ill make things easier on all ends of the spectrum.

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122 Points

9 months ago

agreed, needed ASAP!

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142 Points

9 months ago

Rather than adding a Colourist section, I believe that a great solution that adheres to the IMDB categories logic is to add a 'Picture Finishing' section. This way it can cover Colourist, Conform, and DI (and all the various sub roles within each of those categories)

I agree that it doesn't make sense for the colourist (or any of the above-mentioned finishing departments) to live in an editorial. 

30 years ago it may have been that everyone worked in the same dept as that, but nowadays, the editorial dept is very much separate from the people responsible for the finishing of a digital film. 

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Hi Darius, thanks for your comments. It is certainly our intention that the Colorist Department includes Colourist, Conform, and DI (and all the various sub roles within each of those categories) as you say. In one way the name of the department is less important than actually having the category. My opinion is that the Supervising Colorist is the head of that department and the category should be based on that.

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142 Points

I actually think the name is very important. 

The example of the Supervising Colorist being the head of the department is not applicable for productions here in Australia.

Typically in Aus, the post technical supervisor is the head of the finishing department, not the colorist. 

I do agree with the need for a new category (I'm a former colourist myself) but the name needs to be agnostic to the different types of structures for different productions.

I know we are arguing semantics, but given IMDB is an international platform I believe changes like this need to be appropriate for as wider application as possible. 

For that reason, I believe 'Picture Finishing' or something to that irk would be a more appropriate name (and I think it would be more likely to get across the line given IMDB's preference for consistency)

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62 Points

a month ago

Yes please, this is long overdue! Thx

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60 Points

a month ago

I completely agree. 👍

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60 Points

a month ago

+1  for this!

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60 Points

22 days ago

I fully support this idea and encourage IMDb to create a "Color Department" with the following roles:

  • Colorist/Colourist
  • Digital Colorist
  • DI Colorist
  • DI Finishing
  • Supervising Colorist
  • Mastering Colorist
  • Assistant Colorist
  • Dailies Colorist
  • On Set Colorist
  • Conform
  • Color Timer (lab)
  • Finishing Artist
  • HDR Colorist
  • Restoration Artist
  • Look Development
  • Color Scientist
  • Trailer Colorist